It's not what it looks like. The outside structure looks like a simple shack, but it will house the artistic impulses of the city. Welcome to The Typewriter Project. Up to now, it's only operated in New York City. Raleigh is the FIRST spot outside NY to host The Typewriter Project, and it's only here outside Quail Ridge Books at North Hills, marking North Hills as a destination for celebrating creativity and art. We'll be hosting it outside our store from April 1 - April 30. Hours of operation are 9 am - 7:30 pm daily. We hope you can stop by and join in the literary creation.
The Typewriter Project is a series of literary installations, of which North Hills is now one, which invites passersby to join in a linguistic exchange that exists in both the analog and digital realms. The booth is outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment on. You type it in, and a live feed posts it directly to The Typewriter Project website maintained by the Poetry Society of New York. How cool is that!?
The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of Raleigh while providing a fun, interactive way for the public to engage with the written word. We can't wait for the looks on children's faces when many face a typewriter for the first time.
By a happy coincidence, we're hosting poet Tyler Knott Gregson on April 12 at 7 pm, about midway through the Project's stay. We bet the author of Typewriter Poems will have a thing to say (we mean 'type').